WHERE WILL YOU BE, WHEN IT ALL ENDS?
Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) crash-lands on Earth in time to let the other Avengers know that he and Thor (Chris Hemsworth) have just faced the formidable villain Thanos (Josh Brolin) and that he’s coming to find the rest of the all-powerful Infinity Stones. The third movie in the series is the ginormous epic that the previous Marvel adventures have built up to, a life-or-death battle with Thanos divided into two movies. This first one has arresting 3D visuals and the directors hold the narrative together impressively in spite of the sprawling cast and multiple locations. Comes with the amount of laughs and thrills that we expect; every time the story drags, the filmmakers have one more surprise to offer.
2018-U.S. 149 min. Color. Widescreen. Produced by Kevin Feige. Directed by Anthony Russo, Joe Russo. Screenplay: Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely. Cast: Robert Downey, Jr. (Tony Stark/Iron Man), Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Mark Ruffalo (Bruce Banner/The Hulk), Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Benedict Cumberbatch… Josh Brolin, Chris Pratt, Don Cheadle, Tom Holland, Chadwick Boseman, Paul Bettany, Elizabeth Olsen, Anthony Mackie, Sebastian Stan, Tom Hiddleston, Idris Elba, Peter Dinklage, Dave Bautista, Zoe Saldana, Gwyneth Paltrow, Benicio del Toro, William Hurt, Carrie Coon. Voices of Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Kenneth Branagh. Cameos: Stan Lee, Samuel L. Jackson.
Trivia: Followed by Avengers: Endgame (2019).
Last word: “There are a lot of characters in this movie that have tones that they’re bringing from their own franchises. I think it’s a very unique film, I don’t think there are a lot of movies that have the kind of tone that this movie has, because it’s a combination of franchises and I don’t think we’ve ever seen that before on this scale. So I think it’s got a really unique tone to it, and I think it’s impulsive, I would say it’s an adventure film, but it has elements of … we were inspired by 90s crime films when we were working on the script. So it’s got an energy to it, a bit of a smash and grab energy.” (Anthony Russo, Collider)